This feature is about
The Regimental Ceremonial Assualt Pioneers and their history


Peter Clinton and Charlie Bastian
Two of our new Assualt Pioneers on parade at Minden 2016 we will have all 4 on parade Remembrance Sunday 2016

The Regimental Ceremonial Pioneers
(taken from the regimental handbook)
Four Corporals selected by the Commanding Officer for their proficiency. act as ceremonial pioneers on Ceremonial Parades.
This is a custom is inherited from the Lancashire Fusiliers (and we have restarted it in 2016)


The history of an Assault Pioneer
An Assault Pioneer is an infantry soldier who is responsible for:
" The construction of tools for infantry soldiers to cross natural and man-made obstacles as well as breaching of enemy fortifications;
" Supervising the construction of field defensive works such as bunkers, support weapon firing positions, etc.,;
" The use of demolitions, land mines and booby traps, as well as their clearance; and
" performing of all other normal infantry duties as the situation requires
Assault Pioneers are lineal descendents of the Pioneers who have formed an essential part of armies since at least the time of the Roman legions. These pioneers were normally employed to march in front of the advancing army, clearing the route as necessary. They could also construct defences and bivouac facilities. More recently (since the Second World War) assault pioneers have normally formed a Platoon in infantry battalions, and such platoons can be found in a number of British Army and Commonwealth infantry units. In some of these armies, soldiers serving in the Assault Pioneer Platoon can be identified by a specialist skill badge of two crossed felling axes sewn on their uniforms. These felling axes have traditionally been iconic of the pioneer in various armies throughout history.
The wearing of beards by Assault Pioneer Sergeant has also been a traditional practice at various times in infantry battalions of both the British and the Canadian armies. This tradition began in the French Army (possibly in Napoleonic times) and was one of the dress practices adopted by the British after their defeat of Napoleon in 1815 (along with the Foot Guards bearskin headdress). In the Canadian army, on special occasions some battalions may still parade a ceremonial detachment of assault pioneers in historical uniforms wearing leather aprons, gauntlets and gaiters, and carrying the various tools of their trade such as felling axes, crosscut saws, hatchets and billhooks, picks and shovels.
The term 'Assault Pioneer' reflects the tradition (arising in the First and Second World Wars) of employing these soldiers in the first wave of assaults on fortified enemy positions, using their skills and equipment to support the attacking force in crossing and breaching the enemy's defences. While Assault Pioneers normally function in a specialist role, they are infantry soldiers first and are fully capable of engaging in combat as needed


LF
Bury 1961



LF's in Weeton Camp 1966 Minden the LFs last Parade

Pete Clinton—Bob Waterworth—Dave England—Phil Green.




Hong Kong 1968


1RRF


1RRF New Colours Parade 2015

2RRF


St George's Day 2013


2RRF Final Parade Warwick 2014

3RRF


3RRF in Cyprus Ron Owen is the Pioneer Sgt 1987

City of London